Amber Alert Issued For 4-Month-Old After Mother Found Dead
Zaylee Grace Fryar
Shauna Marie Fryar
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An Amber Alert has been issued by the TBI for a four-month-old infant after her mother's body was found in the Cumberland River.
Police are searching for four-month-old Zaylee Grace Fryar. She was last seen with her mother, Shauna Marie Fryar, on Sunday, May 1 at their home in Millersville.
At this point, investigators said everyone is a suspect until they can figure out if they're dealing with an accident or foul play.
Millersville police have questioned Fryar's husband, Michael Fryar. He told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday evening that he wants everyone to know that he was not involved in their disappearance.
"My son would never hurt anyone like that, and especially, they were friends," said Michael's father, Cliff.
Fryar, who is not Zaylee's father, told Millersville Police that he left their apartment around 9 p.m. Sunday, May 1, to go to the store. When he returned, his wife and Zaylee were gone, although her vehicle, cell phone, wallet and the child's diaper bag were still at the residence.
Michael Fryar and his family believe that's further proof someone took them against their will.
"We're still just in shock, but we trust God will keep the baby safe and bring her back," Cliff Fryar added.
Cliff Fryar also said that Michael and Fryar separated years ago, but remained close friends who could always count on each other.
"You know, Mike wanted to help her out and give her a place to stay because she was more or less homeless," Cliff said.
On April 29, they moved into this Millersville mobile home park along with Zaylee. Neighbors remember when they arrived.
"They just moved in, they sat on their porch, walked their baby around, that's about it. They didn't really talk to nobody," said neighbor Rachel Dixon.
"She was love with life and in love with that baby. I mean that was her life that baby," Cliff added.
On Tuesday, Metro police confirmed that the body found in the Cumberland River on Saturday night was Shauna Marie Fryar. Michael Fryar had reported her and Zaylee missing on Thursday, May 5.
Police said there was no trauma to her body that suggested the cause of death, which remains undetermined. Police have also not determined whether Shauna died before entering the water. An autopsy is underway.
Metro police have been checking the area around the Cumberland River for Zaylee with helicopters, though they said there is no evidence at this point that she is in the water.
"If we get more information then we may put boats in, but right now its just aerial and if it gets down to the point where we need to use divers we will," said Metro Police Lt. Steven Lewis.